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Welcome to the Wiltshire O. P. C. Home Page

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Caenhill Countryside Centre, Rowde - Contact through Website for Group Visits Only http://www.caenhillcc.org.uk/ Caenhill Countryside Centre, Rowde - Contact through Website for Group Visits Only http://www.caenhillcc.org.uk/ Chris Franklin

About The Project

 

The OPC Project concept was the original idea of family historians in Cornwall who launched the first OPC project;  Devon and Dorset followed next, and there are several now more counties taking part.  The idea is to assist those who are researching their family history in a specific parish who might otherwise have difficulty accessing information at record offices, etc.  The Wiltshire OPC Project began tentatively in 2006 and has grown from strength to strength.  Information is organised by the historic Church of England parishes within the county.  Although there is a strong focus on genealogical information, we also include historical and social information.  All parishes have been registered as one-place studies.    We now have a diary page which will be updated from time to time.  You can also follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.          Put a face to the name - meet your OPC Team.  

 

Annual OPC Meet Up

This year this event will take place between the 17th-19th May 2019 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  The main event of lunch at the George and Dragon Inn will take place from noon on Saturday 18th May.  Many of the admin and OPC team will be at the lunch.  If you feel you would like to come and say hello on the day or join us over the weekend please visit our events page on Facebook.  Some of the team will be staying overnight so other meeting points will be arranged.  Last year we all visited Avebury - it was amazing to put faces to the names of people at last.  This year could be much bigger.   If you wish to come along please add yourself to the Facebook list or contact Amanda Wood-Woodley and let her know so she can let the pub know how many people are attending for lunch  

Funding

The new management team face new challenges and we will keep the site running for as long as we can.  We intend to keep the site as a free to use facility but the time has come to follow other projects of a similar genre and give our users the opportunity of making a small donation to assist us to keep the site running for the longer good.  With that in mind we have set up a     Go Fund Me page     the purpose of this is to raise enough money to help us cover the running costs for the foreseeable future.   Please note that this is a voluntary donation and is not a requirement to use this site.  The site will remain free to anyone who wishes to use the information we provide.  

The people who run the site do so as volunteers and receive no financial rewards whatsoever so please be assured that your donation will be used to maintain the site and for no other purpose.  We do hope you understand our move in this direction and thank you all in advance for any support you give.     

 

More Sad News

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Christine Brooks on the 27th March 2019.  Christine was deputy administrator to this website and OPC for Calne, Hilmarton, Imber and Warminster.  Her loss will be tremendous as both a friend to many of us and to the website.  Her input and assistance has been immense over the past 11 years.  Christine was one of the first volunteers to join the website back in 2008.  She was always willing to step in and take over when required.  She will be sadly missed by many especially on the Facebook page which she kept alive with her discussion topics and her friendly welcome to new members.  

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Surname Interests

We have decided to create some files via Facebook to accommodate those members who would like to register their surname interests.  

 

Photo Galleries

We must apologise for anyone using the photo galleries at present.  We are still adding to these galleries but sadly the facility to sort in any particular order has been withdrawn by Google Photos which is how we at present display out images.  Also in some cases the labelling of the image itself is not showing up.  This is mainly due to the creation of new galleries.  Anything added to a previously active gallery still shows this labelling.  The OPC Webmaster and team are looking into alternatives to enable us to publish our photos and have control over the order they are seen.  Many thanks for your patience whilst this is being sorted.

 

A Little Information About Using This Website  

As mentioned previously information is laid out within parishes.  There is also a page to cover the whole of the county and also a military page which relates to the county as a whole.  There are also pages for research inquiries and other general information just explore the drop down menus at the top of the page.  Most pages follow a set layout to assist you in finding information quickly under categories which have a set order.  The Categories are Neighbouring Parishes (Contiguous); Websites; Parish Church; Parish History; Buildings & Land; Crime & Legal Matters; Directories; Education; Emigration & Migration; Employment & Business; Miscellaneous Items; Non Conformity & Other Places of Worship; People & Parish Notables; Poor Law, Charity & The Workhouse; Probate; War, Conflict and Military.  Under Transcriptions at the bottom of the page can be found any Baptisms, Marriages, Burials & Census that have been completed.  Categories will contain sub headings but these should be selective and contain a series of documents of the same kind such as parishioners wills.  The documents themselves will normally follow a layout of oldest items first reading from left to right in columns of 3 or 4 items per row.  The documents are linked to a pdf format and the title should be descriptive but concise so that you can see what you are likely to find within.  Where there is a tithing or hamlet that has a fair amount of information these will have a tab (page) within that parish towards the end of the page.  Photo Galleries can be found by following the links on parish pages or by accessing the main gallery section at the top of the page.   The most recent parishes or items updated or expanded can be found by clicking on the images under the 3 headings towards the top of the home page.  

Although most items are published on parish pages please also check the Wiltshire Additional Parish Page, Wiltshire County Wide Page, Wiltshire Military Page and the Nationwide Page.  All of these may contain additional information not published on a parish page.  

Due to the nature of the project some pages will hold more information than others.  New items are being added to the site daily.

As you can see from the Memorial Days Section to the right of the page we are adding as many soldiers memorial days as we can.  If anyone knows of soldiers whose deaths are not yet listed please let the admin team know.  You may check which names are included by browsing through the calendar facility on this page.  

 

What is an OPC?

An OPC (on-line parish clerk) is a volunteer member of the public who "adopts" a parish in Wiltshire becoming its custodian.  The OPC is then able to research the parish and transcribe historical and genealogical information for that particular parish which may be of value to family history researchers and social historians.  Our motto is "What may or may not be of interest to you, will be of interest to others".  This information is gathered from many different sources, for example, parish registers, census records, churchwardens and overseers accounts, historical wills, business and trade directories, church and village histories, newspaper reports, war casualty lists, etc.  An on-line parish clerk should not be confused with a parish clerk engaged by a parish council or parochial church council.    

 

Adopt a Parish and Become an OPC

Firstly, you do not need to live in Wiltshire, or even in the UK, to become an OPC.  We have OPC's in Australia, Canada, Holland, England, New Zealand, India, Scotland and several in Wiltshire itself!  Some OPC's choose to adopt a particular parish because their ancestors hailed from that village or town or because they once lived there themselves; some just want to be part of a voluntary project to help family history researchers worldwide.  Others choose their parish because of a subject interest such as Australian Soldiers of WWI buried in the county.  Once you adopt a parish then you become its custodian by researching and building on the resources on the parish page.  Even if a parish is adopted then other contributors are still welcome to submit items for inclusion.           More about Volunteering

You may feel you don't have the time to adopt a parish, but you can still support the Wiltshire OPC project by:-

  • donating information you may have at home - school photographs, directories, village history booklets - in fact, any historical information on a Wiltshire parish
  • transcribing - we can email records to you to transcribe at home at your own pace
  • taking photographs in Wiltshire - war memorials, buildings, village scenes, plaques, etc. 

If you would like to help with any of the above please contact the OPC of the parish you can help with or if the parish is vacant, contact our Administrator.  Please note that you will need to register and sign in to contact OPC's/Administrator (via the Contact Us tab at the top of this page)            

For a complete list of vacant parishes and other positions you could help with please visit our Vacancy page          For Items needing to be transcribed please visit our Resources Page

 

Site Statistics

During March 2019 OPC's and transcribers uploaded 223 items to parish pages (including updated documents).  New and updated documents added as we go through April 2019 will be published here.  New images are added to our galleries on a regular basis.  We are always working on new items and information to add to the site and currently hold a large of amount of items to be loaded (however much more information is available elsewhere to be gathered in and processed).  We are currently working on a census transcribing programme as a priority, this is coming along pretty well considering we have a small team working on this.  We are also reviewing documents under copyright and GDP Regulations.  This may mean that some items will no longer be available to the website until they have been re-transcribed.

At the beginning of each month the site holdings list is updated to show what can be found on parish pages and elsewhere on the site at present we have over 23850 items on parish pages.  Items are annotated with either Submitted or Revised.  Submitted items being the original items transcribed and Revised being those that have additional information added or have been reformatted.  The date of when any item was updated can be found at the foot of the published document; the original upload date is in the left hand column, the date when the item was uploaded with changes is in the right hand date column. 

We currently have 57 OPC's and 6 Consultants who cover between them cover 132 parishes/pages of the 335 available.   We also have 23 transcribers registered (not all active at present).  

The site currently has over 600 registered returning users (figures may be reduced after removal of expired accounts) and the web site has been visited over 435900 times.

 

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Copyright & Disclaimer

We think it is important that our users understand the strengths and limitations of this website.  The OPC Project aims to provide historical and genealogical information without charge that researchers might pay a fee for elsewhere.  OPC's voluntarily provide this information, often at their own expense by purchasing documents to transcribe.  In most cases their transcriptions are not checked by anyone other than themselves.   

Our OPC’s and volunteers are aware that material submitted for this site must be within copyright law and accreditation must be given where necessary.  Our Administrator checks items as they are submitted, however, occasionally an item may ‘slip through the net.’  If this occurs, we apologise most sincerely and will correct the issue immediately upon notification.

We don't guarantee to be perfect!  All information should be taken as a guide only and the original source consulted wherever possible.  In many cases this will be the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre.   Please note that some items are published to parish pages and are incomplete, such items will be updated as and when new information is transcribed.  These are mainly ongoing projects such as the national probate index, strays index, etc.

Please note that OPC's are unable to undertake family history research for our users, but we are always willing, where possible, to advise where the information being sought might be found.

If you find this site useful please tell others - if you have a problem with it then please tell us.  Users of the site are invited to leave comments/constructive criticism &c. in the box at the foot of each parish page or in our guest book.  You may also rate the page using the star option on each parish page.  Thank you.  

GDPR Notice.  For our user policy and information on how we use your personal data then please go to our Privacy Information Page

 

Please Consider Helping Us Improve This Website - Up Until Now We Have Asked For No Financial Donations - Just a Little Time or Some Photographs or Documents that you are willing to share with us.  Circumstances Now Mean We Need to Ask for the Occasional Financial Donation.  If You Wish to Help by Transcribing or Donating Books, Photographs and Transcripts then contact the Administrator.  If You Could Help with a Small Donation Then You May Do So Via Our Just Giving Appeal.  Thank you to all who have made a donation since the launch of the appeal to each and everyone of you we are most grateful.  The money we raise is used solely for the maintenance and advancement of the site.  

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Calendar of Events

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Today We Remember

Sat Apr 20
Chippenham - 1915 - Lance Corporal JOSEPH STANLEY VICTOR FOX
Sat Apr 20
Codford (St. Mary) - 1918 - Private FRANK KEMP MORRIS
Sat Apr 20
Ramsbury - 1916 Private ROBERT JOHN MOON
Sun Apr 21
Box - 1934 - Captain ARCHIBALD MONTGOMERY CAMPBELL
Sun Apr 21
Charlton (Malmesbury) - 1917 - Major HENRY MOLYNEAUX PAGET HOWARD (19th Earl of Suffolk and 12th Earl of Berkshire)
Sun Apr 21
Wootton Bassett - 1918 Lance Corporal THOMAS EDWARD GIBSON
Mon Apr 22
Alderbury - 1918 - Private ROBERT HENRY BUNDY
Mon Apr 22
Chippenham - 1918 - Private REGINALD JOHN WOOD
Mon Apr 22
Colerne - 1917 - Lieutenant JOHN CHARLES BESWICK
Mon Apr 22
Melksham - 1900 - Lance Sergeant HENRY BURCHELL
Tue Apr 23
Chippenham - 1918 - Corporal RICHARD H. R. NEATE
Tue Apr 23
Chippenham - 1945 - Squadron Leader/Pilot JAMES RUSSELL JOHNSON, AFC.
Wed Apr 24
Aldbourne - 1917 - Lance Corporal ALFRED JAMES NOON
Wed Apr 24
Bratton - 1917 Able Seaman ARTHUR BERNARD WYATT
Wed Apr 24
Calne & Chippenham - 1942 - Civilian A. J. CHIVERS
Wed Apr 24
East Harnham - 1917 - Private ERNEST EDWIN ROWE
Wed Apr 24
Fyfield, Great Bedwyn, Marlborough and Overton - 1917 - Private GERALD GEORGE BULL
Wed Apr 24
Holt - 1920 - Sergeant WILLIAM JAMES NELSON LODER
Wed Apr 24
Milford - 1915 - Captain JAMES HERRICK MCGREGOR
Wed Apr 24
Stratford Sub Castle - 1917 - Private CHARLES THOMAS LONG
Wed Apr 24
Stratton St. Margaret - 1917 - Private GEORGE EDWARD KNIGHT
Wed Apr 24
Stratton St. Margaret - 1917 - Private THOMAS HOBBS
Wed Apr 24
Sutton Veny - 1917 - Private THOMAS JAMES WEBB
Wed Apr 24
Worton & Marston - 1943 - Private ALBERT WILLIAM ELLIS
Wed Apr 24
Yatesbury - 1917 - Private WILLIAM HENRY HYDE
Thu Apr 25
!ANZAC Day - We remember those brave men and women of Australia and New Zealand who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and also the contribution and suffering of all those who served and survived.
Thu Apr 25
Alderbury - 1915 - Private EDGAR MOULAND
Thu Apr 25
Ashton Keynes - 1916 - Private LEONARD ROBINSON
Thu Apr 25
Bradford-on-Avon - 1916 - Private NELSON HART
Thu Apr 25
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private ERNEST F. HACK
Thu Apr 25
Bulford - 1943 - Able Seaman TOM ALAN TAYLOR
Thu Apr 25
Chippenham - 1941 - Sergeant LESLIE JOSEPH GEORGE LOCKWOOD
Thu Apr 25
Chippenham - 1942 - Civilian ADA ELIZABETH BOWDEN
Thu Apr 25
Chippenham - 1942 - Civilian FREDERICK BOWDEN
Thu Apr 25
Compton Chamberlayne - 1917 - Second Lieutenant THOMAS PENRUDDOCKE
Thu Apr 25
Ramsbury - 1917 - Private HERBERT ALLEN TALMAGE
Thu Apr 25
Swindon - 1943 - Wireman ARTHUR DANIEL O'CONNELL
Fri Apr 26
Chippenham - 1942 - Civilian ENID HAWKINS
Fri Apr 26
Chippenham - 1942 - Civilian VIOLET MAY HUNT
Fri Apr 26
Codford - 1945 - Lieutenant ANTHONY STRANGMAN HANCOCK
Fri Apr 26
Potterne - 1915 - Flight Lieutenant STEPHEN MEDLICOTT
Fri Apr 26
Yatton Keynell - 1944 - Sergeant/Air Gunner HAROLD DESMOND PURBRICK
Sat Apr 27
Chippenham & Colerne - 1944 - Flight Sergeant/Navigator FREDERICK WILLIAM WALE
Sat Apr 27
Warminster - 1919 - Private WILLIAM HENRY MEAD
Sun Apr 28
Chippenham - 1916 - Private FREDERICK ORLANDO GOULDING
Sun Apr 28
Chippenham - 1917 - Private THOMAS (TOM) SAINSBURY
Sun Apr 28
Chippenham - 1917 - Sapper WILLIAM HENRY LUMKIN
Sun Apr 28
Codford (St. Mary) - 1917 - Private HARRY HOLDER
Sun Apr 28
Fisherton Delamere - 1917 - Private CECIL ALPHONSO GALE
Mon Apr 29
Aldbourne - 1918 - Corporal RICHARD THOMAS LOVEDAY
Mon Apr 29
Alderbury - 1919 - Company Sergeant Major HARRY MUSSELWHITE
Mon Apr 29
Codford (St. Peter) - 1918 - Corporal ALBERT EDGAR READ
Tue Apr 30
Durrington - 1942 - Sergeant/Air Gunner CECIL JOHN SCOTT
Wed May 01
*Milston - 1672 - JOSEPH ADDISON, essayist was born
Wed May 01
Chippenham - 1918 - Private EDWARD HOPKINS
Wed May 01
East Harnham - 1915 - Private FRANK NEWTON COOKE
Wed May 01
East Harnham - 1915 - Private JOSEPH BOLWELL
Thu May 02
*Fonthill Bishop - 1844 - WILLIAM THOMAS BECKFORD, Writer, Art Collector and Politician died in Bath. Had a long association to Fonthill
Thu May 02
Chippenham - 1918 - Rifleman MAURICE WILLIAM SHORT
Thu May 02
Swindon (Christchurch) - 1915 - Company Sergeant Major JOHN HOPKINS KIRBY
Fri May 03
Bratton - 1942 - Warrant Officer 2nd Class HARRY ROBERT HALLETT
Fri May 03
Donhead St. Andrew -1917 - Private FRANCIS GEORGE HAIMES
Fri May 03
Ramsbury - 1917 - Private HARRY SMITH
Fri May 03
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - 1917 - Private EDGAR MARSTON
Fri May 03
Stratton St. Margaret (Gorse Hill) - 1917 - Corporal ARTHUR SYDNEY NORTH
Fri May 03
Woodborough - 1917 - Private FRANCIS WILLIAM FERRIS
Sat May 04
Aldbourne - 1918 - Lance Corporal JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
Sat May 04
Amesbury - 1945 - Petty Officer Airman LEONARD REDDINGTON DENTON
Sat May 04
Bradford-on-Avon & Trowbridge - 11917 - Private CHARLES EDWARD ROBBINS
Sat May 04
Bradford-on-Avon - 1917 - Private ALBERT/ALFRED SELFE
Sat May 04
North Bradley (Southwick) - 1917 - Private WILLIAM FRED CULVERHOUSE
Sat May 04
Salisbury - 1945 - Captain REGINALD HARRY MARK CURTIS

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